World Usability Day – Events in Michigan and Ohio on November 12

Check out the upcoming World Usability Day events in Michigan and Ohio.

Michigan State University’s Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) is hosting the 11th annual Michigan World Usability Day Conference on November 12, 2015.  In the morning, recognized experts from industry and government will discuss real-world projects where they’ve incorporated UX/UCD best practices and user research to create effective, engaging user experiences and technologies.  There will also be an open house at UARC and tours of the lab in the afternoon.
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Ignite UX Michigan 2015 Returns on September 15!

You’re invited to Ignite UX Michigan 2015, an evening of twelve short talks on user experience topics in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, September 15. Now in its third year, Ignite UX Michigan gives local speakers a chance to share their knowledge. The event is free, registration is not required, and it is a great opportunity to learn and to mingle with other local UX professionals and students.

Ignite UX Michigan will be at Live in Ann Arbor, located on 1st and Huron Streets. The event will open at 6:30pm for networking, and then talks will begin at 7:00pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

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September Networking Events – Recap of the Summit

Did you attend the STC Summit this year in Columbus? Or did you miss it and want to find out about the event? Don’t miss our upcoming networking opportunities to discuss the STC Summit.

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming locations:

  • September 17 at Granite City in Troy, 5:30-7:00pm: Happy hour and/or dinner networking event.
  • September 29 at Sweetwater Coffee and Tea in Ann Arbor (at 3393 Plymouth Rd in Plymouth Green Crossings), 7:00-8:30am:  Breakfast networking event.

 

There is no entrance fee, but everyone will be responsible for their own meal and drinks. Ask the host to be directed to the STC/SM table.

Submit your illustrations for the cover of the Technical Communication journal

Beginning with the February 2016 issue of Technical Communication, the cover of the journal will be a juried space for graphic artists. Each issue will offer the opportunity for a theme-related submission of diagrams, drawings, collages, infographics, cartoons, comic strips, or brief graphic narratives. The theme for the cover of the February 2016 issue is “The Future of Technical Communication.”

For this inaugural effort, please submit your work as a high-resolution (300 dpi) jpg file by 1 October 2015, to tceditor@stc.org with a brief explanation (100-200 words) of how your work addresses the theme. Submissions will be anonymously reviewed, and a jury of peers will select each issue’s cover. Honorable mentions will be published inside the journal.

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Educational Opportunities with STC Webinars

As technical communicators it is always important to continue our education and enhance our skills.

One way to do this is to participate in the Society for Technical Communication’s webinars.

For those who are members of STC, there are several educational opportunities:

 

There are also several free archived seminars on a variety of topics such as designing tips, DITA, HTML5 and more. Be sure to check out these seminars and webinars to learn something new today.

Recap of this year’s Summit in Columbus

The 62nd annual Technical Communication Summit took place in Columbus, Ohio from June 21 – 24.

This year’s Summit was another great experience with educational sessions and networking.

A new event this year was Speed Networking. This event gave registrants the opportunity to meet several attendees in a short amount of time. Participants rotated throughout several tables in the one-hour session and gave an overview to introduce themselves. This event gave each participant a chance to meet others who you may not have had the opportunity to meet at the Summit. For those who were interested in making a further connection there were other networking events to follow-up.

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Left to right: Kelly, Angel, Sharon, Maryann, Lisa, and Christine. Other members Pat and Emily attended (not pictured).

In addition to the wealth of educational sessions another great feature of the Summit is the Expo Hall. This is a chance to get product demos and ask questions with experts from several software vendors who can provide specific solutions for your company.

The Southeastern Michigan chapter had a great time at the Summit.

2015 Election Results

by Thomas Glennan, Nominations Chair
The results of the recent STC/SM election of officers for the 2015/2016 program year are summarized below.

  • Total number of ballots sent out on electionbuddy.com: 43
  • Total number of ballots cast: 11
  • % of members who voted: 25%
  • Based on the votes cast, the winning nominees for each office were:

Last day to vote in the election; one week to register for IUE2015 conference

by Dave Mitropoulus-Rundus

The IUE2015 Conference is just a week off now; this annual conference is back in MI for the first time since 2012.

Details and registration are at iueconference.com, and STC-SM members all qualify for the discounted professional organization rate.

Products, software, internet and all customer touch-points need to be clear and simple.

The people who conceive, plan, and build them continually achieve and improve on this when they enrich and advance their skills and abilities in our ever-changing world of technology.

Get exposed to the latest research, hands-on training, peer success stories and interactive sharing.

Attend Internet User Experience 2015
June 15-17, Ann Arbor, Michigan
www.iueconference.com

Election Time

by Thomas Glennan, Immediate Past President and Nominations Chairman

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All current members should have received an email with a link to the online ballot (should be from electionbuddy Elections). It has a link to the ballot where you can vote for officers: President=Pat Martz or abstain; Vice President=Sharon McDonnell or abstain; Secretary=Alison Phillips or abstain; Treasurer=Maryann Bowen or abstain. Also you can write in a nominee for the nominations committee and make suggestions for future programs, etc.

Elections are open now through Monday, June 8. If you are a chapter member and have not received the email yet, contact Tom Glennan.